After growing up in Naples, Italy, New Orleans and the Carolinas, Cauthen completed an MFA (Painting and Drawing) from James Madison University. Yearly, she returns to Italy, to capture on canvas, the vineyards of Tuscany, the coast of Positano or the city bustle among the ancient buildings of Venice and Rome.
You can also find Jean painting in the Charlotte area capturing the both rural and downtown views.When not working plein-air, Jean creates large scale paintings in her studio in Mint Hill NC.
She has received many awards, including First Place in the National Still Life Competition at the Bascom Museum in Highlands, NC.
Jean teaches at Charlotte area universities, offers workshops and classes in Tybee Island, GA.